TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Firearm season for deer hunting kicks off Saturday, Nov. 13, and conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are offering tips to stay safe when out in the woods.

This week is hunting safety week and the DNR has been sharing daily tips people should be aware of before heading to a hunt. These tips include never consuming alcohol before a hunt and making sure you know what is in front of and behind a target.

Conservation officer Chris Springstun said using a full body safety harness of some kind when hunting from a tree stand is very important. Springstun also offered a tip to involve loved ones in the event of a hunting emergency.

“It’s really important that you let someone know, whether that be your wife or your husband or a close friend, let someone know where you’re at and where you’ll be in the event that there is some sort of emergency,” Springstun said. “And also when to expect you home. So, if you’re expected to be home an hour after dark, and it’s two hours after dark, someone should know where you are and should know where to begin looking for you.”

You can learn more about hunting and safety tips in the 2021 Hunting and Trapping Guide available for purchase at hunting retailers or by visiting dnrlaw.in.gov.